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I have a function that takes the argument NBins. I want to make a call to this function with a scalar 50 or an array [0, 10, 20, 30]. How can I identify within the function, what the length of NBins is? or said differently, if it is a scalar or a vector?

I tried this:

>>> N=[2,3,5]

>>> P = 5

>>> len(N)

3

>>> len(P)

Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> TypeError: object of type 'int' has no len()

As you see, I can't apply len to P, since it's not an array... Is there something like isarray or isscalar in python?

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To identify if a variable is an array or a scalar you can use isinstance method below is the code for the same:-

>>> isinstance([0, 10, 20, 30], list)

True

>>> isinstance(50, list)

False

To know more about this you can have a look at the following video:-

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